You are invited to …                                              CAMP-LAND'S BIGGEST SPRING EVENT


SATURDAY APRIL 25  •  8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, CDT

DOORBUSTER GIVEAWAYS (for the first 20 Families through the door)

FREE coffee & donuts.  8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

FREE Camping Know-How presentations & Door Prizes – 9:00 AM till Noon
Getting your RV ready for the season, “The National Lakeshore” presented by a National Park Ranger , New developments in Camping Gadgets.

250 RVs open all day for browsing.
Manufacturer representatives will be on hand to answer questions

Enjoy the fellowship of other camping enthusiasts all day around the campfire
(or indoors if the weather doesn’t cooperate)

Timely specials on selected items in our parts & accessory dept. as well as 10%  OFF all other accessory purchases.

Hourly Drawing for  PRIZES. spend a fun-filled day with fellow   campers!

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U.S. 20 & I-94, Exit 22A • Burns Harbor, IN 46304 


We couldn’t have picked a worse day, weatherwise, than Sat. Oct 4 for our Annual Fall Festival.  It was cold, rainy and windy!2014 Fall Festival0013

But cold, wind and rain can not stop campers from doing their thing.  We had an all-time record crowd and everyone I talked to seemed to be having a good time.

There was a line waiting at the door at 8:30 and the parking lot was overflowing onto the grass with cars till 5 o’clock in the afternoon.  Twenty-two dozen donuts lasted till

shortly after noon (apple-cinnamon ran out before the glazed pumpkin).  Hot cider was very popular.  The first seminar on, “Getting your RV Ready for Winter”, was well2014 Fall Festival00012014 Fall Festival0004

attended and Camp-Land’s Fred Dooley did his usual great job of explaining the importance of doing it right.

Many attendees stayed all forenoon and, joined by a steady flow of newcomers (and one very patient and well-behaved dog), were on hand for other seminars on electronic

devices, roof materials and maintenance.  The always-popular, “Ask a Tech” session generated a lot of good discussion.
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Meanwhile, children were busy with their own supervised fun.  Getting their faces painted was the most popular activity.
The pigs had been roasting all forenoon and the lunch break was a lot of fun, in spite of the weather.  Mostly, we moved indoors, but some brave souls stayed outdoors underthe tent.
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Indoors, the chairs were rearranged and tables moved in for eating.  The popular and very talented NW Indiana band, “Barking Moonbats” provided live music during lunch, and

after.  They included a lot of top songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s that were a big hit with the audience.
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The afternoon was busy looking through all the RVs on display and with test drives of Motorhomes and test towing of trailers.  Michigan City Dodge had a group of beautiful

Dodge trucks on display that were equipped for towing. A representative of Michigan City Dodge was present to answer questions about towing and the Winnebago Trend motorhome

that is built on the Dodge Ram chassis.

Most visitors stayed late into the afternoon, listening to the music or mostly looking at the interiors of RVs.  It was a chance to really relax inside a unit and imagine what

it would be like to spend weekends and vacations living in it.  Motorhomes and 5th wheels got a lot of attention.  Probably the single most-visited unit was the new Reflection

travel trailer just introduced by Grand Design RV.
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All in all, it was the best-attended Fall Festival we have ever had.  It is our way of saying “Thank You” to the Chicagoland-NW Indiana camping community that has supported

Camp-Land for over 50 years.



*** ANNIVERSARY SPECIALS on camping gear & supplies,
*** OPEN 9AM-8PM Mon thru Thurs; 9 -5:30 Fri & Sat

For more details, please go to the Camp-Land RV website

There are lots of exciting new product developments for you to see during our Anniversary event.  One of the most exciting new things is Jayco’s new option of a fiberglass exterior on their industry leading Jayflight line of travel trailers.  Jayflight was already the # 1 best selling line of aluminum campers in the country, with their sharp interiors and cabinetry.   The optoion of replacing the aluminum skin with fiberglass isn’t terribly costly and you have all the hail resistance and easy cleaning of a laminated fiberglass exterior.  Laminated construction is lighter weight, but if weight isn’t a problem, these Jayflights with the fiberglass exterior are SHARP.

If weight is a serious consideration, a couple of real winners have come to the forefront this year.  Apex by Coachmen is a rising star.  Extremely lightweight because they are not only of laminated fiberglass construction but also use more costly Adzel Composite panels instead of wood paneling.  Surprisingly the overall cost of the Apex trailers is not much more than a conventionally built Apex 288 BHS

fiberglass camper.  Apex also has some innovative floorplans that are HOT.  They were one of the first to introduce double over double bunk beds which are comfortable for adults as well as children.  The Apex 288 BHS is a bunkhouse that weighs under 5,000 lbs. and has created quite a sensation.  It has double over double bunks, a slideout and private queen  bedroom.  The new fiberglass front end cap with LED lighting is a very classy touch.  The only down side is that we have a hard time getting them fast enough during the busy season.

Winnebago Minnie Travel Trailers are all under 5100 lbs. and their colorful exterior fiberglass is striking.  In fact, more colorful exteriors are a trend that is noticeable.  Most are not quite as bright as the Minnie, but grey and beige are becoming more common than plain white.  Winnebago  Ultralite 31 BHDS bunkhouse and the Coleman 297 RE are hot new  floorplans for families and couples respectively






After an amazing summer of camping, the Bates and Sayers teams were neck and neck at the finish line….. and split the $1000 Grand Prize.  Representing their respective teams, Christian Bates and Donna Sayers accepted the prize (and a bunch of lesser achievement awards) at Camp-Land’s Fall Festival, Sat. Oct. 12. The other team members (Jill Sayers, Michelle Bates and children Matt & Ally Bates) were unable to attend because …. you guessed it …. they were busy camping. If you have been following the camping adventures of these two family teams, you know that the Bates children have had an Amazing summer camping and doing everything from geo-caching to horseback riding, hiking, swimming, collecting nature objects, drawing and much more.  And Michelle Bates took many amazing nature pictures.  Besides doing a lot of camping, the Sayers team just about wore out their dutch oven cooking by the campfire.  Their recipes are available on our blog for everyone to try. 







Camp Land Fall Festival Seminar

There was a line waiting when the doors opened at 8:30 on Sat. Oct 12.  By the time  the first seminar started at 9:00 am, nearly 100 people were roaming the lot looking at RVs.  A few dozen settled in for donuts and coffee and the first seminar on winterizing your RV.  Some folks attended nearly every seminar and others drifted in and out, catching a seminar here and there, roaming the lot in between.  It was very relaxed and everyone seemed to be having fun.  2013 Festival00072013 Festival0003





The pigs were roasting on the spit, and some of the kids were having fun learning a new craft.  The Seminars continued, with presentations on TV satellite systems for RVs, RV appliances and how to keep your RV from developing roof leaks.  There was a lot of friendly camping conversation around our campfire, which, like most campfires, smoked a little bit. 

Background music was provided by, “Rick and Donny”, the popular NW Indiana accoustic guitar act.  Their rendition of Beetles favorites and other

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popular songs was just right for the outdoors, campsite atmosphere.

The elevated rear patio of the Grand Design Momentum Toy Hauler 5th Wheel made a perfect stage for their performance.

Everyone enjoyed a fine lunch of roast pork, baked beans, potato salad and dessert.

Representatives of RV manufacturers were mingling and chatting with campers all day, as were some members of the press.  During a short noon intermission, the President of Grand Design RV, Don Clark, cut the ribbon and presented the keys to Camp-Land management for the 1000th Solitude 5th Wheel Camper manufactured at the new Grand Design plant in Middlebury, IN.

As the beautiful, sunshine-filled day came to a close, a number of visitors came to me to express their appreciation for the day’s hospitality and events.  That means a lot to me and especially to all the members of the Camp-Land team who spent many long hours planning and preparing for the Festival.  Thank you all for coming.





We at Camp-Land are very happy to join forces with Grand Design RV Co. and represent their 5th Wheel products in the Chicagoland-NW Indiana area.   Grand Design RV Co. was founded by a trio of sucessful and highly respected industry veterans, Don Clark and brothers Ron & Bill Fenech.   We are as excited about these products as any we have seen in Camp-Land’s 52-year history. 

Grand Design manufacturers 3 brands of 5th Wheels:  Solitude luxury extended-stay fifth wheels, Reflection  fifth wheels and  Momentum Toy Haulers.  Grand Design products have already begun arriving on our lot and we can’t wait to share our excitement with our camping friends and customers in the Chicagoland-NW Indiana area.

We are introducing all the Grand Design products at Camp-Land’s Fall RV Festival, Saturday October 12.  The founders of Grand Design will be at Camp-Land on Saturday for the ribbon cutting and to present the keys to the 1000th Solitude 5th Wheel  produced at their Middlebury plant.  Visitors at the Fall Festival will have the opportunity to meet these industry icons and perhaps share some of their insights and vision for the future.

As excited as we are about these products, we are even more enthused about the philosophy and plans of the Grand Design Company.  The following brief excerpt from their website  will give you an idea of why we are so excited:

Please allow us to share some insights into what makes Grand Design RV Company different from all other RV manufacturers and why this difference is important to you and your family. Everything we do at our company is focused on building long term value in what we offer to our customers; “more features and superior value for your dollar”. Our ultimate focus from the very first day we opened our doors has been on our customer.

Grand Design RV is a privately owned company founded by close friends Don Clark and brothers Ron and Bill Fenech (each having over 25 years of experience in the RV industry). Our careers have been devoted to leading some of the most successful companies in the RV industry …

… The benefits of company owners spending time in the manufacturing facilities, meeting with customers and driving all major decisions are absolutely magical! … Grand Design RV Company has over 400,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities located on 67 acres in the rural community of Middlebury, Indiana. …

Our desire is to create customers for life! We intend to do this by providing more features, better designs and unparalleled customer support for your investment.”

Please come to the Camp-Land Fall RV Festival on Sat. Oct. 12 and take a look at the Grand Design 5th Wheels.  Come early, sit in on a few seminars, look around and join us for the PIG ROAST AT NOON.   Details are here:

It is Fall Festival Time in Indiana

Visit some of these 2013 Fall Festivals

October 5-6: Feast of the Hunters’ Moon *Northern Indiana*  46th annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon at Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park near West Lafayette, Indiana. A re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place at Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid – 1700s.

October 11-20: Parke County Covered Bridge Festival *Western Indiana* This countywide festival, Indiana’s largest festival, always starts on the 2nd Friday in October is nationally known as one of the largest. Enjoy visiting  communities throughout the county with a wide array of shopping and a variety of food that is sure to please everyone. Covered Bridge Festival

Saturday October 12: Camp-Land’s Annual Fall RV Festival & Seminars.  Free all-day event (8:30 am – 5:30 pm) is bigger and better than ever.   Featuring a FREE PIGROAST at Noon , live music, door prizes, Door-Buster giveaways for early birds, Free RV Show (230 New & Used RVs open for browsing) and SEMINARS of interest to all  Midwest RV’ers (9am – 2 pm).  More details and complete schedule of events will be available soon.

Current Employment Opportunities at Camp Land RV


We have a job opening for a full-time position in our Service Department.  We would love to find an experienced RVIA Certified RV Technician who could start work right away.  But, we know we aren’t likely to find one, because there are very few of them and the few that do exist already have a good job.  So, we intend to find someone with some basic mechanical skills that we can train on the job to learn basic RV repair and eventually become a RVIA Certified RV Technician. 

RV body repair, hail damage

You could specialize in minor and major RV body repair

If you are the kind of person who can fix almost anything around the house, you may be the one we are looking for.  Or, if you know someone that fits that description….please tell them about this opportunity.

  A complete RV tecnician would eventually need to know carpentry, sheet-metal-work, plumbing, electricity, heating & air conditioning.   But, very few people are expert at all those things and you can become Certified in limited specialties as your education progresses.   If you know a little bit about some  of those crafts, you already have a good start toward becoming a Certified RV Technician.  You can be earning a good living while you learn the rest of what you need to know from our experienced tecnicians and through industry sponsored training schools.  All you need is the native ability, some experience using hand tools, and the desire to work and learn as you go.

Learn to repair RV refrigerators, other appliances, plumbing and wiring.

Learn to repair RV refrigerators, other appliances, plumbing and wiring.

We offer good wages, steady year-round work,  health insurance, paid vacations, 401-K, and a pleasant work environment.  Please visit   for contact information.

 Or visit  for more information about our service department.



Repair roof leaks, interior water damage

Learn to repair RV roof leaks or replace an entire roof.

Heavy duty RV Lifts

RV Chassis maintenance, brake repair.

Team Sayers submit another five recipes from Indiana Beach Trip #2


Team Sayers is not afraid to try unique recipes while camping.

Here are two more breakfasts,2 desserts or snacks and one meat recipe.  Enjoy these camping food creations by team Sayers.

Eggs in a Nest

in a pie iron




1.   Cut a circle out of the center of a piece of bread.

2.   Butter both sides of the bread.

3.   Place the slice of bread in the pie iron.  You may want to spray the pie iron so that the breakfast will release a little easier.

4.   Crack an egg and fill the center of the bread with the egg.

5.   Close the pie iron and carefully place it over the fire.  You want to be sure not to tilt the iron or the egg may come running out.

6.   Cook for about 3-4 minutes on one side then flip to the other side for an additional 3 minutes.

The egg has found its nest.

The egg has found its nest.

The finished Egg in a Nest.

The finished Egg in a Nest.

Fudgey Cake Bars

 1 yellow cake mix

2 eggs

1/3 c. oil

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup chocolate chips

1.   Heat approximately 26 charcoal briquettes.

2.            Combine cake mix, eggs, and oil.

3.   Grease the Dutch oven.

4.   Press 2/3 of the cake mix into the bottom of the Dutch oven.

5.   Melt chocolate chips and condensed milk together.

6.   Pour chocolate mixture over the cake mix in the Dutch oven.

7.            Sprinkle the remaining crust over the chocolate.

8.   Put 10 charcoal briquettes under the Dutch oven & 16 briquettes on the top (to create a ring and a half).

9.   Cook for 20 minutes or until the cake has turned golden.  Be sure to turn the lid and the oven in opposite directions at regular intervals.

The fudge being added to the Fudge Cake Bars.

The fudge being added to the Fudge Cake Bars.

Fudge Cake Bar ready for the lid and coals in a Dutch Oven.

Fudge Cake Bar ready for the lid and coals in a Dutch Oven.

The finished Fudge Cake Bars,another Team  Sayers camping dessert or energy snack.

The finished Fudge Cake Bars,another Team Sayers camping dessert or energy snack.

Mushroom Swiss Stuffed Patty

 1# ground beef


swiss cheese

onions, diced or onion flakes

ranch dip mix

hamburger buns

1.   Mix beef , onions, and the ranch dip mix together.

2.   Make 4 patties out of the hamburger.

3.   Wrap the hamburger patty around the mushrooms and Swiss cheese mixture.  So that they are inside the patty.

4.   Cook the patty until it is no longer pink.

5.   Serve on bun.

What a camping meal.  Mushroom Swiss Stuffed Patty and Chili Cheese Fries.

What a camping meal. Mushroom Swiss Stuffed Patty and Chili Cheese Fries.

Peanut Butter Mallow Pudgie Pies



Peanut Butter

Marshmallows, minis

1.   On two pieces of bread butter one of the sides and place the bread in a pie iron with the buttered side facing the iron.

2.  Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread.

3.   Place marshmallows on top of the peanut butter.

4.   Place the remaining piece of bread on top with butter side facing you.

5.   Close pie iron.  Then place pie iron in the campfire and heat on both sides for a couple of minutes until the bread is toasted.

6.   Let cool a couple of minutes before you eat.

Adding Marsh Mallows to PB Mallow in Pudgie Pie

Adding Marsh Mallows to PB Mallow in Pudgie Pie

Is this a desert or my main course?  What food group is PB Mallow Pudgie Pie?

Is this a dessert or my main course? What food group is PB Mallow Pudgie Pie?

Pie Iron Frittata

 1 Egg or egg substitute

Bacon – 1 slice

Veggies, chopped



Cheese, your choice

Salt & Pepper, to taste


1.   Cut the bacon into thirds and place on the bottom of the pie iron.

2.   Top with a thin layer of hashbrowns.

3.   Add veggies of your choice.

4.   Whisk egg with milk or use egg substitute.  If you use egg substitute pour until the mixture reaches just below the edge of the iron.

5.   Spray the lid with non-stick spray.

6.   Close the lid and carefully place it over the campfire.  Keep it level so that the mixture does not pour out the sides.

7.   Cook without turning over for about 7-8 minutes.  Do not put too close to fire.

8.   When cooked add cheese of your choice and let it set for about 1 minute to allow it to melt.

The ingredients of the Pie Iron Frittata are added.

The ingredients of the Pie Iron Frittata are added.

A finished Pie Iron Frittata.  Team Sayers would've liked more egg,but really tough to keep level.

A finished Pie Iron Frittata. Team Sayers would’ve liked more egg,but really tough to keep level.

Team Sayers Tries These Recipes on Indiana Beach Trip #2 Aug.17-19

Additions  for the Amazing Camp-Land Race Cookbook

Smoked Sausage & Potatoes Foil Pack

1/2# New Potaotes (halved & quartered)

1# smoked sausage

1 onion, sliced

4-5 mushrooms, sliced

1 -2 tsps Garlic powder (to taste)

8 oz green beans (fresh or frozen, optional)

Salt & Pepper, to taste



1.      Make 2 double layer foil packs.  Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.

2.      Start each packet with a layer of potatoes, then top with the remaining ingredients.  Divide the ingredients evenly between the two packets.  Season with the garlic powder, salt, & pepper.

3.      Top with a pat of butter.

4.      Start to fold the first layer of foil closed, but leave one end open.  Pour some water into the packet.  Finish folding the packet & second layer closed.  Leave room for air to flow through as it cooks.

5.      Cook for about 20 minutes & flip half way through.  Cook until the potatoes are soft to a poke with a fork.

Adding the last seasoning to the Soon to be Smoked  Sausage Potato Pack.

Adding the last seasoning to the Soon to be Smoked Sausage Potato Pack.

Smoking the Sausage & Potato pack.

Smoking the Sausage & Potato pack.

Chili Cheese Fries

Foil Pack

 1 package of frozen French fries


green chilies, chopped, 1 can

Hormel Chili with beans, 1 can

Shredded Cheddar Cheese, 1 cup

Foil and/or foil pan


1.      Fold a long sheet of foil in half and again so that you have 4 layers (or use a foil pan).  Fold the foil so that it creates a shallow rectangular dish.

2.      Spray the foil.

3.      Put a layer of bacon on the bottom of the dish.

4.      Place fries in the dish.

5.      Spread chilies and chili over the fries.   Reserve a little chili for adding at the end.

6.      Layer the cheese on top.

7.      Cover the dish with another piece of foil.

8.      Cook over campfire for 15 – 20 minutes.  (We found that stirring occasionally seemed to help keep the cooking even).  Check for doneness.  The fries are done when they are cooked through and cheese has melted.

9.      Pour remaining chili on top and heat for a few more minutes.

Cooking  the burgers and the topper the Chilli Cheese Fries

Cooking the burgers and the topper the Chilli Cheese Fries


Adding the last bit of cheese to Chilli Cheese Fries Sayers Style

Adding the last bit of cheese to Chilli Cheese Fries Sayers Style

Good Campfire food,those Chilli Cheese Fries

Good Campfire food,those Chilli Cheese Fries

Omelet in a baggie

 Eggs or egg beaters

Milk (if you use real eggs)

Veggies, chopped up (mushrooms, onion, green peppers, spinach, etc)

Cheese, your choice

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Ziploc baggie

1.      Boil water in a pot or other type of container.

2.      Mix eggs with milk (like scrambled eggs).  Pour it into a sandwich size baggie.

3.      Add whatever vegetables and cheese you choose.  Salt and pepper to taste.

4.      Zip baggie most of the way up.  Be sure to get out as much air as possible.

5.      Place baggie in the boiling water.  You may need to force it down with a fork or other utensil to make sure it cooks everything.

6.      When egg is fully cooked through remove it from the water.  Tear open the baggie and put it on a plate.

The Omelet in a baggie going into the hot water.

The Omelet in a baggie going into the hot water.

Omelet in a baggie ,the end resuls.

Omelet in a baggie ,the end results.

Breakfast in a Bag

 Ingredients (per person)




Salt & Pepper, to taste

Paper bag, lunch size

Cooking Stick

1.      Cut a slice of bacon in half.  Lay the two strips in the bottom of the paper bag.

2.      Scattered some hashbrowns on top of the bacon.

3.      Crack egg(s) and place on top of the hashbrowns.

4.      Salt & pepper to taste.

5.      Fold over top of paper bag.  Place the thick part of the bag, due to fold on a stick.  I used a marshmallow toasting rod.

6.      Place bag over fire, about 6” inches above, but be carefully not to let it get too close and catch on fire.  Cook for about 10 minutes.

7.      Open bag to check if the eggs are done to your liking.  If so tear the bag open or just tear off top and eat from the bag.  It’s greasy so you may want a plate under it to keep it off pants.

The egg, the last of the ingredients is in the bag.

The egg, the last of the ingredients is in the bag.

If you get to close too fire,there goes Breakfast.

If you get too close to the fire,there goes Breakfast.

Scrambled Eggs & Hot Dogs

in a Pie Iron



Hot Dogs, sliced

1.      Whisk eggs and milk together.

2.      Spray both sides of the pie iron with non-stick cooking spray.

3.      Pour egg mixture into the pie iron up to the lip of the pie iron.

4.      Add hot dog slices to the eggs.

5.      Close pie iron and carefully place over campfire.  You will want to be sure to keep the pie iron level.

6.      Cook for about 3 minutes on one side and then flip over the pie iron for an additional 2 minutes.

A Kids egg  breakfast.  What kid does not like hotdogs.

A Kids egg breakfast. What kid does not like hotdogs.

Nana Nutella (Banana Bread Butter Nutella)

 1.      On two pieces of bread butter one of the sides and place the bread in a pie iron with the buttered side facing the iron.

2.      Spread Nutella on one slice of bread.

3.      Slice the banana and place it on the Nutella.

4.      Place the remaining piece of bread on top with butter side facing you.

5.      Close pie iron.  Then place pie iron in the campfire and heat on both sides for a couple of minutes until the bread is toasted.

6.      Let cool a couple of minutes before you eat.

Nothing like Banana  and Nutella. A great kid dish.

Nothing like Banana and Nutella. A great kid dish.

Cooking a good hot desert  Nana Nutella

Cooking a good hot desert Nana Nutella